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#6692 of 6720 Re: E320 2005 Brake Rotor Replacement [smellor]
Nov 10, 2008 (2:51 pm)
I have owned a 96 and a 2001 E320 and could never get more than 30K out of the pads and sometimes could get two pad sets out of the rotors, but not always. MB uses very soft pad and rotor material so that they wear away quickly and keep the heat build up to a minimum to prevent brake fade. One side effect is that the wheels get covered with brake dust very quickly. When my 01 E320 had about 60K miles and needed it's second set of front pads (the rears on my cars always lasted twice as long as the front), I did some research and found some aftermarket pads and rotors by wither PAG or PBR (can't remember which, I don't own the cars anymore). They were about 30% cheaper than the OEM parts, worked every bit as well, gave off almost NO dust at all, and lasted about twice as long. That's called a WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN in my book.
On the other hand, your dealer did that work at really good prices. Normally you would be paying about $6-700 total for the front pads and rotors at most dealers..
Brakes are wear items as someone else mentioned and Mercedes will only pay for rotors if they fail prematurely due to a manufacturing defect and 45K miles is not premature to them. And a friend of mine had all four rotors replaced on his 2001 E320 when it was less than 4 years old with just 26K miles and Mercedes refused to pay for any of it even though the rotors had voids in the casting that were causing the premature wear..!!!
All of which is why I just traded my 01 E320 for an 09 Mazda6 GT sedan.. We retirees can't afford the repair bills on a Mercedes after Starmark runs out....
So I'm off to the Mazda6 forum... I'll miss the Mercedes ride, but not much else...
#6693 of 6720 Sport option or no, ride quality, tires, comfort
Dec 24, 2008 (3:57 pm)
I will be leasing a E350 before the end of the year. The dealer is discounting the sport package equipped models( no charge option) . I am curious bout the differences in comfort, handling, tire wear and other opinions on the Sport option package vs standard luxury package. I like the looks but dont want to sacrifice the ride quality and am curious how much it is affected. Thanks
#6694 of 6720 Sport Package
Dec 24, 2008 (4:11 pm)
I've been considering purchasing an E350 in early '09. My understanding is that the sport package is a no charge option regarldless of where you buy. The sport package gives you a stiffer suspension with more expensive performance tires which wear faster. Also, the setup is staggered (rear tires larger than the front), which eliminates your ability to rotate. The additional cost of tires could add up. Check the specific tire sizes supplied with each option on the MBZ site, then check replacement tire prices on a site like Tirerack.com.
#6695 of 6720 Re: Sport option or no, ride quality, tires, comfort [revras]
Feb 21, 2009 (11:24 am)
hi, did you get the E350 yet?... Because i have a 2006 E350 and I love it. It is a very comfortable car. It gives a very nice ride as well. hope you like it or will like it when you get it.
#6696 of 6720 Sport Package
Feb 21, 2009 (11:50 am)
I've put my E350 plans on hold. I may go with a CPO. Also, 2009 E prices should be better as the 2010 approaches...and that Hyundai Genesis has also caught my eye.
As the market continues to slide I'm starting to like that dent in my 2000 E320 trunk lid...may keep it.
Apr 09, 2009 (12:53 am)
HAD MY CLIMATE CONTROLLER CHANGED. EACH TIME I TRIED TO TURN ON MY A/C, THE EC RED LIGHT COMES ON. WHAT COULD BE WRONG? NEED HELP.
Jun 11, 2009 (2:59 pm)
I have a 2005 E500 4matic and have a message that my third brake light and my right hand license plate is out. My license plate light has continuity and seems to be ok. Not sure how to get to my third brake light. Is that 3rd brake light difficult to change and how do I get to it. I feel that there is a problem common to the two lighs being out.
#6700 of 6720 2001 E320 steering wheel controls
Jul 22, 2009 (3:46 pm)
I live in a warm and humid climate and my steering wheel control switches have been literally melting for years. The material they are made of has become soft and sticky and are an obvious distraction to the driver as well as unsightly. The dealer told me it was only because of where I live that this happens and there is no recource with Mercedes Benz.
#6701 of 6720 Re: 2001 E320 steering wheel controls [dan168]
Jul 22, 2009 (4:36 pm)
Where do you live?